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Dean Koontz: How to Write a Bestselling Novel – Beliefnet.com

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Direct from the keyboard of bestselling author Dean Koontz, here are seven tips for penning a masterpiece.

 

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We all pause with bated breath awaiting wise words from one of the Masters of writing–Dean Koontz. He gives us just 7 tips on how to write a bestselling novel!

I think what surprised me the most? He hit the bestseller list as soon as he stopped writing outlines. Huh? The sacred and sacrosanct precept for writers everywhere. With Strangers, he started with nothing more than a couple of characters he thought he would like and with a premise. 

He also suffers from the dreaded doubt when he sits down at the computer. He uses this to his advantage by revising page by page, until the action flows more smoothly and crackles with tension.

He tells us to dare to love the language, if minimum prose feels flat to you. Some readers won’t get it; many will not only get it but delight in it. And above all, do what feels right to you. What may work for one writer may not work for another. Alleluia!

 

*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”*****

 Link to the original article and the full 7 tips: http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Galleries/koontz-7-bestseller-tips.aspx?b=1&goback=%2Egde_2215425_member_211728529

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Bookstore Survival: Can we help?

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Joanna’s Morning Links post today included a link to a Mike Shatzkin article about the future of Barnes & Noble.”

Penelope‘s insight: 

Is the lesson of: “Price your books cheaply” that we have learned from Amazon, going to contribute to the further demise of bookstores as we know them?W

hat does this mean for publishers, authors and major retail booksellers? We’ve already seen Borders book stores shut down. Is it because they can’t compete with the .99 cent ebooks provided by Amazon?

It will be very telling in the next few years if there are more casualties of brick-and-mortar stores. We still need quality places to meet and read those books–whether printed or digital.

 *****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”*****

 Link to the original article: http://www.teleread.com/books/bookstore-survival-can-we-help

 

 

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E-books exploding in popularity among kids, adults

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Readers, publishers and librarians alike are writing a new chapter in the book business. E-books are turning the high-tech page, while traditional printed books increasingly are being shelved.

 

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LISTEN UP AUTHORS! The number of American kids ages 6 to 17 who had read an e-book nearly DOUBLED between 2010 and 2012?? This is a jump from 25% to 46%!

 If you have written a traditionally published book, by all means get it off the dusty bookshelf and onto Kindle! If you need help with this, peruse the freelance sites of Elance, Odesk, Guru, and even Fiverr for experts who can help you. Sometimes it will cost a lot less than you think to convert the material for publication to the Kindle marketplace. 

 Do you think it’s not worth the time and effort? Take a further look at the stats:

 Traditionally printed books are increasingly being shelved in favor of ebooks. The survey was conducted for Scholastic, the children’s publishing giant, and Harrison Group, a marketing and research consulting firm.

 Pew reported in December that e-book readership among Americans ages 16 and above jumped from 16% in 2011 to 23% in 2012. At the same time, readership of printed books in the previous 12 months fell from 72% to 67%.

 Several sessions at the Macworld/iWorld conference in San Francisco will focus on e-books. The Apple IPad is a key player in this market. More than 1.5 million e-books are available to be downloaded from the iBookstore. Amazon Kindle is probably the easiest place for you to start if you are a newcomer to this arena.

 Take a look at the entire article for more information that should get your wheels spinning and your feet moving on over to the digital marketplace.

 

*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”*****

 Link to the original article: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/adult-ebook-sales-up-31-in-sept-continue-slowdown

 

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Self-Publishing Authors can Connect with Readers INSIDE their E-Books.

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I thought I had heard it all until I read this post. I had to read it twice to make sure I was reading correctly. Yes, authors can now interact with their readers INSIDE their ebooks as the reader is reading. The new connection platform is called a WeJIT.

 

You won’t disturb your reader–they can ignore WeJIT if they like. The readers can link up with their social media platforms like FB and Twittter. Readers can engage with the author on book discussions and post the discussions on their FB, twitter, etc. and get their friends involved! Their friends can then become a part of the discussion and could, in turn, become interested in your book.

 

Why put WeJITs in your book?

Increase readership Increase awareness Sell more books

The future is here now! Can you see the possibilities? This is very exciting news to me.

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks
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Self Publishing – POD Book Publishing – A Study on the Numbers

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How much money can you expect to make by going solo in the world of self-publishing? Here are some facts and figures that should make you take pause–a comprehensive study on self publishing vs. other options, which has finally become a financially viable and respectable option for book writers.

 

Summed up in this incredible infographic will show you in mere minutes:

 

1) The Traditional Way vs. The New Way

 

2) Printing and Distibution Costs

 

3) Print on Demand Case Study: Non-Fiction

 

4) Self Publishing vs. Typical Book Deals

 

5) Famous Self-Published Authors

 

6) E-books Case Study: Fiction

 

7) Growth of E-book sales

 

8) A Quirk in the Figures

 

Over the next 3 years alone, e-book sales are estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 72% to reach nearly $2.7 billion U.S. by 2013. Think you can put on your writing cap and grab a piece of this pie?

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks
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Hemingway’s Boat author Paul Hendrickson receives Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for nonfiction

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Where we do we find ideas for our books? Anywhere and anytime, apparently. My own ideas come to me in the strangest places, and at the oddest times. In the shower, in between my dream state and my final awakening the morning, in the car, watching television, or reading. Here’s one theory from an award-winning author:

 

“My theory on book-writing,” said author Paul Hendrickson, “is that we don’t find our books – they find us.”In town this weekend to receive the 2012 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction for “Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost,” Hendrickson discussed what inspired him to tackle the Ernest Hemingway legend from a slightly new angle — specifically, that of the author’s beloved fishing boat Pilar, which played such an integral role in “Papa’s” Cuban period.

 

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50 Ways To Reach Your Reader # 2: Indie Authors & Amazon | Advice on Self-Publishing & Selling Your Books. From The Alliance of Independent Authors

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Amazon gives us so many F-R-E-E tools to promote our books, if we would but use them. If you have your book up for sale on Amazon (printed or digital), now there is no excuse not to take advantage of Author Central.

 

Second post in the “50 Ways to Reach Your Reader”, offers so many excellent ideas. Here’s a summary of the three tips to get you started:

 

1) Begin with your Author Page – Sell yourself! Find a great pic to upload, tell your readers who you are–be creative! You can even do a quick author video, and tie in all your social media feeds to your very own page.

 

2) Improve your Book Description – Sell your book! If you don’t know how to write a great sales page, find someone who does. This is your storefront! What is your book all about?

 

3) Get More Reviews – Offer a free copy of your book for reviews, tags, and likes. Visit forums. Try to get at least 5 posted before you offer it for free through KDP. Ask for reviews at the end of your book!

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks
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50 Ways To Reach Your Reader #1 Introduction | Advice on Self-Publishing & Selling Your Books. From The Alliance of Independent Authors

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Let’s head back to square one in the ongoing quest of indie authors to find readers for their ebooks.  I’m going to take you back to the very beginning introduction of “50 Ways to Reach Your Reader”.

 

3 simple steps summed up: Listen, Take a Trip to Where the Readers Are, and Commit Time.

 

If you have no idea where to begin, start with this great advice, and 1-2-3 steps to up your readership.

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks

 

 
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Endings that Ruin Your Novel | Live Write Thrive

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Writers! Make sure your endings match up with the beginning and middle of your story. Insights, inspiration, and practical advice for writers…
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50 Ways To Reach Your Reader #4: Media Kit for Indie Authors | Advice on Self-Publishing & Selling Your Books. From The Alliance of Independent Authors

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Your ebook(s) needs a media kit at the ready. Indie Authors: here’s 50 ways. Your media kit should work for you like a hired Hollywood publicist, says Shannon O’Neil of Duolit — and ALLi Florida MeetUp co-coordinator.
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